Clear Lake and Artist’s Point Loop

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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1.5-2h
Distance
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6.3 km
Elevation
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129 m
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The Clear Lake and Artist’s Point Loop is an easy, scenic hiking circuit in Yellowstone. This trail features incredible views of the lower Yellowstone Falls and Yellowstone Canyon. This route is family-friendly.

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Route Description for Clear Lake and Artist’s Point Loop

The Clear Lake and Artist’s Point Loop is a fun hike for the whole family. Although this hike is short, it does have some steep sections, so be sure to wear proper hiking footwear and be prepared for a bit of an adventure. Bring lots of water and lots of snacks for everyone in your hiking party to make your day the best it can be. With breathtaking views of Yellowstone Falls and relaxing lakeside scenery, this trail has it all. Bring along a picnic basket and enjoy a lakeside lunch at Clear Lake with the whole family to make a full day of it.

Beginning at the Clear Lake Trailhead, follow the path northeast along the Yellowstone River to Artist’s Point. Stop and admire the incredible views of the Lower Falls from Artist’s Point before continuing eastward to a divide. At the divide, take the path on your right to head south to Lily Lake. Stick to the path on your right to circle around Clear Lake, then back to the Clear Lake Trailhead, where you began.

If you are looking for more to explore in the area, check out the North Rim Trail across the river canyon.

Getting to the Clear Lake and Artist’s Point Loop Trailhead

This hike begins at the Clear Lake Trailhead on South Rim Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    June to October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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